Monthly Archives: April 2021

In search of the classic Hollywood-style asteroid belt

If you’re like me, you may have enhanced your friends’ enjoyment of space adventure movies by explaining at length and in fascinating detail why the crowded asteroid belt backgrounds that appear in so many of these movies are implausible and inaccurate! The asteroids in our solar system are far from overcrowded. Are there any situations […]

Western Slope Skies – A wandering soul in the asteroid belt

You’ve probably heard of the Asteroid Belt, that planetary cemetery between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where many space rocks revolve around the Sun. Asteroids formed early in the development of the solar system, when pre-planetary (planetesimals) bodies repeatedly collided under Jupiter’s immense gravity, continually fragmenting into what we see today. You may know […]